Washington’s Anti-Regulatory Crusade, and Why Your Job Hasn’t Killed You Yet
In recent months, politicians in both parties, including the White House, have claimed that scaling back regulations would unleash economic growth, suggesting that businesses should be liberated from rules that protect the environment, occupational health and other public interests. But a new analysis by Public Citizen presents a few unsung gems of federal bureaucracy that help keep us happy, healthy and sane. Several of these regulatory chart-toppers, not surprisingly, were enacted in defiance of heavy political pushback.
Cass Sunstein: Do We Have a Problem?
Cass Sunstein works for the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and was splashed across the front page of Huffington Post yesterday in a story detailing how he has been stalling new child labor rules. Proposed by the Department of Labor, the new rules would deem some work too dangerous for minors, strengthening laws that haven’t been updated in 40 years. Cass has been sitting on the new rules for almost nine months—they are normally reviewed within 90 days and then put out for public comment.
New CT Law Protects Healthcare Workers
Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy has signed into law An Act Concerning Workplace Violence Prevention and Response in Health Care Settings. The law is in response to several incidents of violence including one in February at Danbury Hospital. A gunman opened fire and severely injured a nurse, who later testified in favor of the new bill.
In Fining Mental-Health Provider, OSHA Sends a Strong Message
On the day in January when 25-year-old mental-health case worker Stephanie Moulton was murdered at a group home in Revere, she was working alone with a patient who had a violent criminal record. That in itself justified the $7,000 federal fine levied against her employer last month for labor violations. The fine, the maximum available, sends an important message that mental-health facilities are no different from other employers in their duty to protect against obvious hazards.
Discrimination Suit Against Bloomberg L.P. Is Dismissed
In a major victory for Bloomberg L.P., the financial and media services giant founded by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a federal judge has dismissed claims that the company engaged in a pattern of discrimination against pregnant women who took maternity leaves.
Injuries Plague NFL Training Camps: Is the Lockout to Blame?
During and immediately after the lockout, NFL fans and pundits debated this question: Would the lack of OTAs, minicamps and team conditioning sessions lead to more injuries in the preseason? In a world where no one agrees with anyone about anything, nearly everyone seemed to feel that the answer was yes. So it’s not surprising that we’ve seen a lot of injuries in the two weeks since camps opened.
Keeping Workers Hydrated and Cool Despite the Heat
Knowing what’s a myth about heat illness and what’s not can help employers create safe working conditions when temperatures are high.
Support the Sit-In at Hershey’s Factory by Student Guestworkers!
On August 17th, hundreds of student guestworkers from around the world were joined by unemployed American workers and labor leaders in a factory sit-in at the Hershey’s Chocolate Company packing plant in Pennsylvania. The students paid $3,000-$6,000 each to come to the U.S. this summer for what they thought would be a cultural exchange program through the State Department’s J-1 visa. Instead, they found themselves packing chocolates at the Hershey’s plant in deeply exploitative conditions.
OSHA Pounds American Pulverizer Co. for Electrical, Repeat Violations
OSHA has cited St. Louis-based manufacturer American Pulverizer Co. for one repeat, 31 serious, and one other-than-serious safety violation. OSHA’s inspection of the reduction equipment manufacturing facility was initiated in February under a local emphasis program focused on electrical safety in general industry establishments. Proposed penalties total $121,100.
Crown Battery Cited, Fined $97K by OHSA
Crown Battery Manufacturing Company of Fremont was cited and heavily fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees to lead hazards. OSHA cited Crown Battery for three health violations. The company faces penalties totaling $97,000 following a February inspection.